NC-based Airman dies after off-road motorcycle crash

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A member of the U.S. Air Force stationed in North Carolina died during an off-road motorcycle crash on Saturday, officials say.

Earl Grover Jr. in a Facebook photo.
Earl Grover Jr. in a Facebook photo.

Earl Grover Jr., a senior airman with the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, died after the wreck in Greenville, according to a statement from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Grover, 23, had been in the Air Force for 4 years. He was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he was treated and later died, officials said.

“Team Seymour has heavy hearts as we mourn the loss of one of our own airmen,” said Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander. “During this difficult time we will continue to support one another and provide help to those affected.”

Grover was from Maine and a GoFundMe page has been created by his sister to help pay for funeral expenses in Grover’s home state, she said.

“Never in a million years did I think you would leave this earth so early.  I want to give you the best funeral anyone could ever have. I want you to know how loved you are, and how missed you’ll be,” sister Brandi Leigh wrote on the page.

Grover was a 2011 graduate of Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine, according to information on Facebook.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

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